By Robert Simonson
23 Aug 2004
The Tony Award nominee, best known for his puckish film performances in the many "Andy Hardy" movies and such pictures as "Babes in Arms" and "Babes on Broadway," joins his wife, singer Jan Rooney, on stage. The entertainment includes songs and stories about the actor's M-G-M days, work and friendship with Judy Garland, his sundry ex-wives and more. Film clips are part of the experience, which was previously seen June 9- 12 at the Cinegrill in Los Angeles.
At 83, Rooney is an 80-year veteran of show business, having started as a child performer. He was Tony-nommed for Best Actor in a Musical in 1980 for his shticky turn in the vaudeville-burlesque revue, Sugar Babies, which was a smash on Broadway and on tour. In the early 1990s he was a replacement actor in Broadway's The Will Rogers Follies, playing Clem, the father of humorist Will Rogers.
His many film credits — for a time he was the No. 1 box office star in the nation — include "Boys Town," "Strike Up the Band," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1935), "Girl Crazy," "Captains Courageous," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," "Pete's Dragon" and many more.
Sam Kriger is musical director for Let's Put On a Show! It's presented by Irish Rep and Densmore Productions.
Ticket prices are $60 and $65. Performances play Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Wednesday at 2 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.